A panic attack is the most pronounced anxiety when your body experiences such a shake, as if you had to meet a bear in the forest.
A pronounced panic attack begins when, for no apparent reason, the degree of anxiety is so much higher than normal that it includes at least 4 of the following 12 symptoms: rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, tingling of fingers and feet, pain or chest tightness, asphyxiation , weakness, increased perspiration, trembling, feeling of heat, then cold, feeling of unreality of what is happening, deep noisy breaths, fear of death. Typically, these phenomena last from 5 to 20 minutes, during which many women feel as if they are going crazy.
Although the seizure itself does not usually last long, only a few minutes, residual anxiety may persist after it, which can last for hours or even days. Even if the attack passed without consequences and has never recurred, you can be so scared that the appearance of just one symptom, for example, weakness when working in the garden can lead to a new attack.
Psychologists estimate that 2 percent of American women and 1 percent of men have panic attacks throughout their lives. Dr. Levine believes that these numbers are greatly underestimated.
“Unfortunately, no one knows what causes the onset of seizures,” she says. But there is evidence to suggest that heredity plays a role, and that strong stressors change work, bereavement, surgery, separation from a loved one, school troubles can give an impetus to the development of an attack. ”